Rorate Caeli

Two Solemn High Masses in D.C. on Saturday

This Saturday, 7 June, is the Vigil of Pentecost, a first class rank Mass. The Mass itself is offered not in violet, but with red vestments.  Based on the Easter vigil, the Pentecost vigil contains several Old Testament prophecies.

In Washington, D.C., there will be two Solemn High Masses on Saturday afternoon for the Vigil of Pentecost.

At 4:30 p.m., Monsignor Charles Pope will offer a Missa Solemnis at Holy Comforter church (where he is pastor).  This will be the first High Mass there in six years. The musical setting of the Mass will be Palestrina's "Missa Dum Complerentur."

At 5:30 p.m., Father James Buckley, FSSP, will offer a High Mass in the crypt of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The Mass concludes the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter's annual three-day pilgrimage from the shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Barnesville, Maryland, along the C&O Canal into Washington, D.C.  A local schola of men will sing Gregorian chant for the Mass.